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published: 1/12/06
updated: 12/30/13

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Chart of Religious Views of Jesus




The importance of Jesus is officially recognized not only in traditional Christianity, but also by early Christian sects that were labeled "heresies" and modern Christian religious movements. Even some non-Christian religions such as Islam, the Baha'i Faith, and Cao Dai have official doctrines regarding Jesus. Jesus is also respected by many Buddhists, Hindus, some Jews, and even many atheists. The following chart compares the views of religious groups on who Jesus was and what he came to do.

 
God or Man?
Who Jesus Was
Jesus' Purpose
Resurrection
Happened?
Traditional (Nicene) Christianity Both: "fully God and fully man." Second person of the Trinity, incarnation of God, Son of God, Savior. Die for the sins of humanity. Yes
Arianism A created divine being. A divine being, but created by God and inferior to Father. Son of God. Savior. To save humanity from sin. Yes
Baha'i Faith Man A "manifestation of God" and prophet. Since superseded by Muhammad and Baha'u'llah. To reveal God's will as part of progressive revelation to humanity. Only spiritually.
Buddhism Man Wise and enlightened man who taught similar things to the Buddha. To teach humanity wisdom and the way to enlightenment. Not addressed
Christian Science Man Wise man especially attuned to the divine Christ. To teach humanity, heal, and overcome death. Yes
Christadelphians Man (or half-man, half-God). Son of God but human, because mother was human Mary. Lived a sinless life and died sacrificial death. To show God's love for humanity and redeem humanity from sin. Yes




Gnosticism God Divine being sent from the supreme God. To rescue humanity from the material world by revealing true knowledge. Most Gnostics reject that Christ died at all. The human Jesus was ordinary and did not resurrect.
Hinduism Views vary Incarnation of God akin to Krishna, or wise man. Not addressed Not addressed
Islam Man True prophet sent by God, but superseded by Muhammad. To reveal God's will in a progressive revelation that ended with Muhammad. No
Jehovah's Witnesses An archangel Son of God, Word of God, God's first creation, Archangel Michael. Teach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin. Yes
Mormonism (LDS) Man Son of God, Savior, originally one of the spirit beings that all humans used to be. Has a physical body. To teach about God, provide a model for living, die sacrificially for sin. Yes
Theosophy Man Great teacher.   No
Unitarian Universalism Man Great teacher, faith-healer, "incarnation of God's love." To demonstrate God's love for humanity and teach about justice and compassion. No official teaching; most do not believe physical resurrection.


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